I’ve made it a somewhat rigid, personal policy to not blog about work. Well, now I can! As of 1620 today, I am officially unemployed. I can’t say that I didn’t see it coming, but I can say with clear conscience that it is of absolutely no fault of my own. I’m not at all shocked, but right now, I’m kind of in shock. It doesn’t quite seem real yet. Even so, this is not by any means my first rodeo, and The Evyl Robot Empyre shall weather this storm as well.
Currently, Jenni and I are discussing options. We are not exactly wealthy by Western standards, which can be a blessing in disguise. I was making adequate money, but it was not by any means extravagant. We also have connections. I could easily replace my income by going to work for another company. I wouldn’t be able to say that if I was raking in a lot of money. (Blessing in disguise?)
Jenni suggested that I might apply for grants and go back to school. There have been many moments that I have kicked myself for dropping out of college before I got my degree. It doesn’t stunt one’s options, but it does certainly limit them. I have heard from a lot of people that my demographic can basically go to school for free if we know the right grants to apply for. I would love to get a degree in engineering or design – or both for that matter! I’m not above going to a technical school or a community college, but I would want to make sure that it was a benefit to me in the long run.
Then, there’s holsters and other things. Folks, currently my holster business is about my only business. If you want a really nice, full-custom holster quick; well, now would be the time to place your order. If I can take orders for about six holsters, I don’t have to go to work in ten days. My brother and I have mused for years of opening a custom shop, specializing in ultra high-end guitar equipment, home audio, and furnishings. Currently, we’ve got a personal project going with an analog 7.1-surround switcher in stainless steel and English Yew. I’d love to make my money building tube amps and the wildest couches and coffee tables that you’ve ever seen. This does not by any means exclude the holster business. There is certainly a place for that in my future.
I really want to explore new mediums and new techniques. I’ve never fitted a dovetail joint before, but I bet I could make a beautiful, sturdy one with just a little practice. I really want to try nejiri arigata, or the ‘Japanese twisted dovetail.’ It’s so beautiful that t doesn’t look real. Hell, it looks downright impossible! OBTW – John Bullar, who wrote the above link = great guy. I had the pleasure of exchanging emails with him at one time. He was open and very helpful when I asked about some of his techniques. He makes gorgeous furniture too! (I take back all the bad things I’ve said about the British…) 😀
But, I digress. I am unemployed. If I get five or six holster jobs this weekend, I’ll take it as a sign. I’m pretty sure I can deliver by next weekend. If that works out, I’ll do another week. I’m going to talk to a guy this weekend in my Sunday school class. I’ve talked to him about getting a job before, and I’m pretty sure he could put me to work next week making at least what I have been. And, I don’t really have anything that I would publicly say bad about my now former employer. The owners are good people. They haven’t made all good decisions, but I really can’t bad-mouth them. I fear that today’s dismissal is the first wave in what will see the company’s downfall.
I’ve said in my personal life that I would not prematurely jump ship from my position, and I certainly fulfilled my word there. Business has been suffering for some time, and income simply would not support the overhead of payroll. I understand that just fine. I can’t say that I really have any regrets. I do think that I should have had the new site up and running by now, but that shouldn’t take long. I haven’t been working on holsters as much as I would like, but I haven’t had any daylight for it.
I’m only slightly freaked out at the moment. I know that God will provide, and He’s got me where He wants me right now. I know that we’re going to be fine. My experience tells me that this can only lead to something better, once the dust settles. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be working for the next Google before too long. Or maybe, I’ll be personally providing a product that everyone wants. I am allowed to dream, aren’t I?